This season, designers had fun playing with our minds, taking us time travelling into the past as they captured the spirit of the future. The 80s trend comes with accentuation on the waist, shimmery dresses, oversized outerwear and leather, while the 90s stands out with checks and plaids, skirt suiting and the western look. As a nod to women empowerment movement, fashion now comes back to its functionality, offering protective layers with long dresses and coats to weather the climate, and chic power dressing for the modern women.
Total Leather - The most dominant fabric of the season is worn in skirts, dress, and coat with not just black but in surprising green and red hues. Photo: Hermès
Figure Flaunting - An unexpected trend is making a comeback. The waist belt is a clever way to update your look with a new slim silhouette. Photo: Dior
Borrowed From the Boys - Large shoulders, boxy silhouette and lots of length make for some intriguing coats to pull over your dress. Most of them are made of classic Saville Row fabrics that are commonly associated with men's wardrobe.
She Means Business - Taking power suit to a new level. Women don't have to wear pants to feel powerful. Featuring checks, plaids, tweeds, the skirt suit is equal parts serious and fun. Photo: Louis Vuitton
Sequined! - For an extra kick of sparkle, this season dresses are adorned with a dose of sequins. Inspired from the 80s, from black, silver, to bright magenta, the glam look is here to slay. Photo: Saint Laurent
Pleats, Please - The ultimate feminine detailing – accordion pleats – is adding not only the fluidity of movement but also a sense of finesse and elegance to any look. Photo: Lanvin
Westworld - Wild West-inspired ensembles make it onto the stage with fringe, stand-out yoke detailed shirts, prairie dress and embroidery details on leather jacket. Photo: Coach 1941
Floral Fall - Florals are no longer reserved for spring. They are juxtaposed against a darker background in flowy dresses to bring out the romantic mood for fall. Photo Valentino
Colour? Check! - The colourful options this fall brings a brighter mood to the usually sombre season. Long gone the grunge trend, checks and plaids are worn in unexpected ways shown in diagonals, and layered horizontals as well as different colours. Photo: Marc Jacobs
Full Coverage - In a subtle nod to modest wear, designers are bringing the long and lean look with maxi dresses that are swishing below the ankle or falling to the floor. Photo: Lanvin
This year, the fall/winter season is neither dark nor gloomy. The collections are filled with fun colours, playful patterns and prints — a refreshing way to enjoy the cold weather! The new prints and textures are generously presented with floral, eastern embroideries, animal prints, logo mania and beadings. The oversized trend offers comfort, while brown takes its place as the season’s favourite colour. And for a total look, the beanies are the headgear of choice.
Brownies - Exuding warmth and comfort, brown in a myriad of shades, is the colour of the season. Photo: Prada
Size Matters - When it comes to this season's outerwear, the best rule of play is "the bigger, the better"! Photo: Fendi
Age of Innocence: Cartoon or comic-inspired illustrations and drawings become one of the hottest prints to embrace. Photo: Calvin Klein
Eastern embroidery - Enriching the modern gentleman’s wardrobe are the embroideries that take its cues from the East. Photo: Alexander McQueen
Full Bloom - It may be a fall/winter showcase, but florals are springing up everywhere, blooming to brighten up the gloomy season. Photo: Louis Vuitton
Jungle Spirit - Take a safari adventure with all-new animal prints. From wild cats to zebra, these prints express confidence. Photo: Valentino.
Bling It On - The new age gentleman's evening suits get a bold injection of glam with sequins detailing. Photo: Saint Laurent
Mr. Beanie - A perennial favourite, this season's beanie is a fun addition to any looks with its various shapes and sizes. Photo: Gucci
The Clash - Make a statement of individuality with clashing patterns. Bold geometrics, colourful artworks and abstract designs, all come together. Photo: Prada
House's Signature - Logo Mania of the 80's is at its peak, along with trademark prints and icons of the world's leading fashion houses. Photo: Burberry
The world of fashion has changed a lot this year, with the high-end brands are more and more injecting the street-wear element into their signature pieces, they are celebrating more personal style and whimsical characters, seen in both women and men’s wear collections. For women, the trends are capturing the spirit of the future, using Saville Row’s fabrics, and a nod to modest wear – which can be seen from the clean cut and length of the outfit. Meanwhile the men’s collections are getting more colours and glam.
See the complete key trends from the Prestige September issue 2018 in the gallery.